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Shri Guru-Charitra, a spiritual book giving a brief life story of Shri Narasimha Saraswati Swami Maharaj, an incarnation of Shri Dattatreya, was written in the 15th Century by one of his closest disciples. This book is a treasure house of spiritual events related to the life of Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati. It is read with great reverence by the devotees of Lord Shri Dattatreya. It was originally written in Ovi form (a Marathi Metre) in Marathi by Shri Saraswati Gangadhar, whose ancestor Sayamdev had personally lived and served with devotion, Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati, an incarnation of Shri Dattatreya about 600 years ago. It was later translated into Sanskrit by Shri Vasudevananda Saraswati (Tembe Swami), who was also regarded by many as as incarnation of Shri Dattatreya and who lived about a hundred years ago. It has been later translated into several other languages.
This volume is regarded as divine, capable of blessing one and all who read it with respect and is placed with images of Gods and adored in almost all devotees' houses of Maharashtra. It is much respected and is very popular like Vedas, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Bhagawat and other puranas in sanskrit and Dnyaneshwari, Dasbodh, Eknathi Bhagwat etc. in Marathi. In the last century, it has spread its influence far and wide and legion are the experiences got by those devotees who read it regularly with respect.